Searching for Molly Pye . . .

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Performer Naomi Bennett in Searching for Molly Pye . . . Photos by Bob Raymond © all rights reserved.

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Performers Alma Baumwoll, Nina Shayer, Jim Banta, Laurel Picard, and Naomi Bennett in Searching for Molly Pye . . . Photos by Bob Raymond © all rights reserved.

Conceived and directed by Naomi Bennett.
Created collaboratively with the performers: Alma Baumwoll, Nina Shayer, Jim Banta, Laurel Picard, & Naomi Bennett.
Spoken Word written and performed by Giuliana Funkhouser and Sarah Pearlstein.  

Green Street Studios, Cambridge, MA. June 2010

Developed as part of Mobius Works-in-Progress (2010) and EFFECTUS (2009).

Though childhood memories are often clouded and fantastical, N. Bennett searches back to learn more about of her mother, lost to cancer when she was four years old. Miss Bennett uses dance, film, music, spoken word, and often unstable paper structures to express her journey through this performance, and to explore the greater theme of grief, loss, and moving on.

The audience is invited to step outside themselves, to experience an abstract view of a body riddled with cancer, visualized and physicalized through video, dance, and spoken word. As this first section dies, the search through childhood memories begins. A faint sound of prayer. A ritual that sustains hope. The music progresses. Layered with video and words. Movement becomes more frantic. Everything, eventually, torn down. Paper piece of memories across the stage. Memories. Images. In the end we all find ways to move on. To cope. To live and forget. Or remember.

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Performer Naomi Bennett in Searching for Molly Pye . . . Photos by Bob Raymond © all rights reserved.